Science and religion have been arguing about the existence of the afterlife for thousands of years, but a new film project looks to bring the two differing viewpoints together and offer us Proof of Heaven.
Universal won a hotly contested bidding war for the rights to Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, a nonfiction book written by Dr. Eben Alexander. Alexander, the neurosurgeon of the title, was a firm believer that the afterlife did not exist until he contracted a rare bacterial meningitis that infiltrated his brain and spinal fluid and left him in a coma.
When the doctor woke up a week later, he had a clear recollection of time spent in what he says was heaven – and his experience meeting an angelic being who helped explain the nature of the universe to him will form the basis of the film, presumably.
Alexander’s conversion from a hard-core man of science to one who is willing to acknowledge the possibility of an afterlife could make for an interesting film – and with Life of Pi feeling like this year's runner-up for Best Picture, mainstream movies with faith-based themes could begin trending and expanding to become more accessble for moviegoers who aren't normally attracted to that sort of content.
Universal hasn’t announced any plans for the project, but the next steps will include hiring a writer and a director who can take the source material and craft it into a compelling film. We suspect there will be some serious challenges for whomever eventually lands the gig, but we’re interested in seeing what happens. This could be sort of like Whitley Strieber’s Communion for a new generation (and demographic) – a film that fictionalizes a very personal experience. Whether it convinces those nonbelievers that heaven does indeed exist... well, we'll have to see about that.
Are you interested in checking out Proof of Heaven? Check out the book blurb and let us know what you think below.
A SCIENTIST’S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.
Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.
Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.
This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
[via Geek Tyrant]